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Question to punch out the forefoot or pad the heel area?

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Hello, I have a general boot fitting question.

 

I am looking at two boots, very similar characteristics, the reason being that I have a narrow heel and wide forefoot.

 

One of the boots is considered a low volume and the other "medium" volume. The low volume fits the heel, ankle and lower leg very well, but would need to be expanded in the forefoot to increase the width. The medium volume fits the forefoot well  but is what I consider a little loose in the heel and ankle area and would require padding to make it more snug.

 

Now the question: Would it be preferable to punch out the forefoot to gain width in the low volume model or to pad the heel and ankle area in the medium volume model given other things being equal like instep height?

 

Are there general guidelines regarding which of the two options is preferable in the long term?

 

Thanks,

 

Calbearski

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Originally Posted by Calbearski View Post
 

Hello, I have a general boot fitting question.

 

I am looking at two boots, very similar characteristics, the reason being that I have a narrow heel and wide forefoot.

 

One of the boots is considered a low volume and the other "medium" volume. The low volume fits the heel, ankle and lower leg very well, but would need to be expanded in the forefoot to increase the width. The medium volume fits the forefoot well  but is what I consider a little loose in the heel and ankle area and would require padding to make it more snug.

 

Now the question: Would it be preferable to punch out the forefoot to gain width in the low volume model or to pad the heel and ankle area in the medium volume model given other things being equal like instep height?

 

Are there general guidelines regarding which of the two options is preferable in the long term?

 

Thanks,

 

Calbearski

 

 

Hi Cal---

 

No matter what material you use, padding eventually goes away (packs out)----go with the low volume boot and have the fore foot of the shell stretched---- a much better, long term solution.

 

mike

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Hello Mike:

 

Thanks for taking the time to provide your input. This helps.

 

Cal

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